Lara the daughter of Lord Henshingly Croft, was raised to be an aristocrat from birth.
The only survivor when her plane crashed in the Himalayas on the way back from a skiing trip.
This had a profound effect on her psyche and she could no longer deal with the claustrophobic suffocating atmosphere of upper-class British society.
Over the eight following years she acquired an intimate knowledge of ancient civilizations across the globe.
Her family soon disowned their prodigal daughter, and she turned to writing to fund her trips.
Famed for discovering several ancient sites of profound archaeological interest she made a name for herself by publishing travel books and detailed journals of her exploits.